Qld pushes to boost vaccination rate

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A Queensland border town is on alert again after a truck driver from NSW passed through while he was infected with COVID-19.

Goondiwindi has had its fair share of exposure scares in recent months, and another was added to the list on Wednesday with authorities warning a truckie from NSW stopped at the town's BP truck stop on the afternoon of September 8.

Anyone who was inside the business between 1:51pm and 2:21pm on that day is considered a close contact and has been ordered to isolate immediately and get tested.

The driver tested positive in NSW and is being counted in that state's case numbers.

Meanwhile, authorities are monitoring four students from Runcorn State High School in Brisbane, who are in isolation with their families after being identified by contact tracers.

Queensland Health has refused to confirm reports the Runcorn students may have attended a party with pupils from St Thomas More College at Sunnybank who should have been in strict home quarantine after positive cases there.

The education department said the Runcorn students have so far tested negative.

"The school will remain open and will continue to liaise closely with Queensland Health and follow their advice in relation to any potential actions that may need to be taken to minimise any risks to students and staff," the department said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the state government said it would expand its vaccine rollout as more Pfizer supplies arrive.

Queensland's vaccine coverage is the lowest in the nation, with 57.63 per cent of eligible people having had one dose, and 39.35 per cent fully vaccinated.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is desperate to boost those figures quickly given the ongoing risk of spread from NSW, which has 14,333 active cases.

She has announced a "super weekend for vaccinations", with all 80 state-run community vaccination hubs accepting walk-ins on Saturday and Sunday.

"Last week, we put 146,182 doses into the strong arms of Queenslanders, 189,450 Pfizer doses arrived on Monday: Let's use the lot," the premier said in parliament.

With Pfizer supplies from the Commonwealth ramping up, Ms Palaszczuk said state hubs would start offering that vaccine to people over the age of 60 this weekend.

Until now, that age group have only been offered the Vaxzevria vaccine, previously known as AstraZeneca.

The move to offer Pfizer to Queenslanders aged over 60 follows similar moves in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

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